Samsung is extending its laptop range with the ZX310, a premium laptop, just 16.3mm deep. Samsung may not like the comparison, but with its metal alloy body and lightweight it’s clearly a Macbook Air rival.
Samsung ZX310: Weight
Weighing 1.3kg, the ZX310 is very light, but manages to feel durable, in fact Samsung claims the material is twice as strong as aluminum, based on airplane design technology, and we’d certainly feel confident putting the ZX310 in a bag to take to work.
Samsung ZX310: OS options
Far from being all style and no substance the Windows 7 ZX310 is available in Intel Core i5 and i7 configurations, with an impressive 8GB RAM.
Samsung ZX310: Screen
The 13-inch screen includes a SuperBrightPlus display, which displays 16 million colour and 400nit brightness is twice that of conventional screens. Viewing on a show stand with bright light, is far form an optimum conditions, but it certainly seemed very bright.
We’d be very keen to try the ZX310 outside, to see if it can handle sunlight without becoming too reflective. Nifty Auto Display Brightness controls adjust the brightness according the conditions, but unfortunately this wasn’t something we were able to try.
One thing that’s very clear is how prone to picking up fingerprints the lid is, so you’ll probably need to wipe it down regularly – something you don’t have to do with the MacBook Air. The keyboard feels great to type on, with a generous wrist rest and trackpad. An automatic backlight automatically adjusts to suit the conditions.
Samsung ZX310: Start up speeds
Samsung’s includes some impressive performance features on the SX310, which unfortunately we weren’t able to put to the test: including a 12-second Fast Start, three-second start from sleep and battery designed to last three times longer.
Choose from 128 and 256GB SSD drives, improving start-up speeds by 60%. There’s no news yet on pricing and availability for the SX310, but from our brief time with the laptop, it’s certainly one of the most stylish laptops we’ve seen. Let’s hope it has the performance to match.